Friday, 19 June 2009

Day 179 - Bra

“Bras do not cause breast cancer per se, but ill-fitting, too tight bras can help cancer growth since they can prevent your body from excreting dangerous cancer-causing chemicals.

The main reason why tight bras are bad for breast health is because they restrict the lymph flow in your breasts. There are numerous lymph pathways and lymph nodes in the armpits, under the breasts, and in between the breasts.

Normally the lymph fluid washes out waste materials and other toxins away from the breasts, but bras (and especially push-up bras) inhibit this action, so toxins can start to accumulate in the breast, and that can help cancer to develop.

In other words, bras inhibit the way our bodies normally cleanse themselves and get rid of cancer cells and toxins like PCBs, DDT, dioxin, benzene and other carsinogenic chemicals that cling to the body's fatty tissues like breast. In fact, if you find a lump in your breast, it may very well be filled with lymph fluid that was not able to move away from the breast tissue.

Bra wearing may also be connected to cancer in other ways. Wearing bras slightly increases the temperature of the breast tissue, and women who wear bras have higher levels of the hormone prolactin. Both of these may influence breast cancer formation.”*


When the kinesiologist told me “bras may cause cancer”, I wasn’t too sure what he was talking about. He later emailed me a number of articles that explained the relation between wearing bras and cancer, which I found of much interest.

I have now seen the kinesiologist various times - he advised continuing taking my tablets and has changed and added a number of different supplements I should take, according to the muscle testing results of each session. I explained my headache seems to be better, but is nonetheless still very much present.

During today’s session, when muscle testing me, the kinesiologist explained something was causing the test results to act bizarrely - sometimes the same muscle would ‘go strong’ and then suddenly it would ‘go weak’. He eventually figured out what was causing the problem: my bra.

In kinesiology, anything that lies within the patient’s magnetic field that he or she is sensitive to can influence the muscle testing results and therefore needs to be removed; this could be a food the person is intolerant to, or a material that causes irritation, such as a type of metal (on an earring, for example).

In this case, my bra was causing problems. The kinesiologist explained that the liver eliminates toxins through the lymph pathways and nodes located under the breasts. When wearing a bra, the toxins cannot be expelled freely, thus accumulating in the breast.

I have spent some time researching the topic, and, although there are many articles that claim there is no scientific evidence that proves that bras cause cancer, the ones that state the contrary seem to me to make a lot of sense. Furthermore, it is important to note that these articles claim that bras may be a contributing factor to cancer; they do not state that bras are the sole factor that causes the disease.

Not many studies have been conducted in this field. The first comprehensive one on this subject was done by medical researcher Sydney Singer and his wife Soma Grismaijer who, through extensive research, noted that the chances of developing cancer for women who wore bras was 125-fold more than in women who did not wear bras at all. Certainly something to look into.

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